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Based on the incredible true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Cruise) and his ingenious assassination plot targeting Adolph Hitler, this engrossing thriller reenacts the daring operation to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known.
Unpretentious and dramatically straightforward, Valkyrie is a suspenseful yet ennobling story about the last attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler prior to the end of World War II. Tom Cruise is effective if a little opaque as hero Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, who channels his anger at Hitler's atrocities and mismanagement of the war by joining a secret organization bent on killing the Führer. When the outspoken Stauffenberg hits on the idea of linking Hitler's death with an official policy to safeguard Berlin during a government crisis--a contingency plan called "Valkyrie"--the group realizes a post-assassination coup could be covered by rapidly implementing the plan. History tells us the plot failed, of course, and Hitler killed himself months later. But that doesn't stop Cruise or director Bryan Singer from approaching the film as a thinking person's thriller, told from inside the conspirators' camp, where the outcome of their deeds were uncertain for several tense hours.
In the tradition of The Great Escape, Valkyrie is a war movie full of famous faces, including Kenneth Branagh, Terence Stamp, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Eddie Izzard. (The lesser-known David Bamber is very good as Hitler, hunched and cracking under pressure.) The film's gravity is offset a bit by the fun of seeing all these actors in a factually-based slice of history, and by a few, interesting stylistic flourishes on Singer's part, including the peculiarly unsettling image of a mosquito sizzled to death in close-up. --Tom Keogh
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If you are familiar with the Valkyrie plot to kill Adolf Hitler, I suspect you'll enjoy this movie. Personally I've read about Valkyrie for years and have always been fascinated with the story. This movie was interesting as it gave me a well made visual presentation of a story I knew very well. But I suspect it you aren't familiar with this story that it would be very hard to follow.
It's very well made. The sets are believable. The props and costumes are perfectly recreate WWII Germany.
The problem with the movie is that for all they do well to recreate a theme of WWII Germany....most of the actors make no attempt to hide their British heritage. Watching British Nazis just removes you from the story somehow. Most of the Nazis have clear British accents, except for the lead, who's clearly American. I'm fine with them speaking English because I don't like reading subtitles for 2 hours. But can we at least get mild German accents? The guy playing Hitler sounds German (or Austrian, if you want to get technical). How come Hitler sounds German but everyone else is British? It's just weird.
Other stories have English language with German accents and it works fine. The Man In The High Castle has the Germans speaking English with German accents. It works. It makes them more German and draws the viewer in. Heck even Hogans Heroes gave us German sounding Germans. Even if they made everyone have American accents it would have been better. But British? They were the prime enemy of Germany. It's like watching Red Sox fans cheer at a baseball game but you're not supposed to notice they are wearing Yankee jerseys. It's just too much of a stretch.
The Colonel is played by Tom Cruise in a somewhat dialed back performance that has drawn criticism from some. This is an ensemble work where Cruise is just one actor among many and he wisely chose to act it that way. This is not a big Tom Cruise vehicle, as many of his films are, and that approach would have made him look hammy and distorted the facts. This was a high level plot, not an action hero venture. Most people do like him in the film as well as the film itself. Of course a number of critics trashed it, but that's because they hate Tom Cruise for reasons outside the film. Famously, one critic who trashed the film, but didn't seem to recall many of the details, later had to confess that he hadn't seen it.
Unless you're already familiar with the story, I recommend reading a little background before seeing the film, even if it's just a Wikipedia article. There are a lot of characters here and though they may be known in Germany that aren't generally known elsewhere. The first time I saw this film, in a theater, I knew nothing and wasn't always clear who was who. Streaming it this time on Amazon, I read a bit beforehand and it made a big difference.
it was a great piece of historical fiction. the actors were played well. if the idea was to get rid of hitler with a bomb, why not just carry a grenade and roll it under the chair when you leave? the people that see you do that will be gone anyway. it was an exciting movie for the implied action. why do we have war anyway?
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